Showtime gave us a lot of freedom, and I realize how rare that is, and how lucky we were to have those jobs. When I first started the show, I was worried about it because in high school, there were packs of girls that reminded me of packs of wolves. And we were shooting in Vancouver, so we were in a little bubble. Leisha [Hailey] and I lived together the first year.

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Mia Kirshner: It’s hard to talk about an overall experience, because each year was so different.

But looking back now that a few months have passed since it ended, I miss seeing the girls. I miss that dorm atmosphere that happened on the set. I think in retrospect, in spite of some of the weirdness with the storylines, particularly with my character, it was wonderful.

Many fans were outraged this year when the show’s writers added a rape scene that didn’t exist in the book.

And in just about every episode, the HBO show finds a way to flash women’s breasts onscreen.

Memorable scenes include a character using a dog to masturbate, a woman who has just had a baby lactating during sex and a competition between two inmates to see who can bed the most women.

creator Lena Dunham challenges societal norms about sex in almost every episode of the show.In one scene, Alicia’s husband Peter watches Alicia in court and is so turned on by her prowess that he eagerly gives her oral sex when they encounter each other at home.It’s a moment of immense power for Alicia, and a sexual act rarely seen on network television.audience thought they were spending the last seven years watching the downfall of Don Draper, they were really watching the rise of Peggy Olson.From the minute Joan had to convince her doctor to give her birth control, show runner Matthew Weiner had a not-so-secret agenda to explore the growth of feminism.It’s also the first mainstream show to feature a transgender female character played by a transgender woman.